Saturday, 16 September 2017

Blended learning task 02 -

Yelena Yemchuk - Location Photography


Continuing with the theme of Location photography, this week you need to research and explore Yelena Yemchuk. Have a look at the links below. Have a read and look for images and ideas that have the potential to inform and influence your work.

http://southendasphoto.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/session-4-of-6-week-2-dave-t.html

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/a-soviet-coney-island-yelena-yemchuks-gidropark

http://www.vogue.it/en/photography/interviews/2017/09/08/interview-yelena-yemchuk-vogue-italia-september-2017/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4OrJrpULH0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-dipDKuJ9A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QOBdMfumgo

https://photogrist.com/magdalena-jasek-louise-parker/  Dungeness, Kent.


Remember as you are now second year students you do need to up your game - you need to approach your work with increased maturity, depth, commitment and effort. As with last year, you should strike a balance between the use of images and written content e.g. a 50/50 split.
You should use the prompts in the side bar here to generate the written content, remembering the essence of this unit is 'Location Photography' so use the prompts that relate to commenting on the work with regards to...

(1). Light and how it used, its qualities and characteristics and the problems that arise from using daylight and artificial light.
(2). The equipment used - camera format, lens focal length, field of view, depth of field, discuss in your analysis what bearing these might have on the images.
(3). Media - are the images shot on film or digital, what difference might that make and how are the images used at the end of the process - are they exhibited if so research to see where the images are sold and what materials/media they are produced on (MTP's).
(4). The location - accessibility issues, privacy, private land, public spaces and the public. Country, region, laws, H&S.
(5). Image design and construction - elements of the image - foreground and background relationships; rules of thirds, composition.
(6). Context - who is the photographer inspired/influenced by - Use images to show similarities.
(7). Operational context - what kind of photography is it, how is it used, where is it seen, who is its audience?


Do not forget to collate a bibliography and if you use quotes reference your quotes and ensure they are identified as quotes within your work. See here for guidance on producing a bibliography

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Prompts - for the analysis of Materials

Materials

When you produce your work during the 1st year you must explore, identify and analyse the properties and characteristics of the materials you use.

 The prompts here encourage you to produce answers that demonstrate that you understand the characteristics and properties of the materials you use in the production of your work.

 

·     Is it light proof?

·     Can you draw on it – using what and why would you?

·     Why is it useful – what can you do with it?

·     How is it made? Is it made of many things or is it a simple construction or complex – how , why, what?

·     What colour is it why?

·     Is it light sensitive – explain?

·     How is it used in photography?

·     Is it waterproof?

·     What is it good for?

·     Is it tough or easily broken – explain scenario?

·     Is it heavy, bulky, light – why is this important if at all?

·     Is it cheap or expensive?

·     Is it low tech or high tech?

·     Can it be shaped, fixed, glued, stapled, nailed – does it need to be?

·     Who has used this material before (Photographer/artist)

·     Does it have to go through any process in order for it to be used – explain the process?

·     Is it smooth, rough, textured, shiny, matt etc.

·     Are there similar materials – that might be better?

·     Size, shape, thickness?

·     Wet, dry, powder, gas, solid?

·     Absorbent?

·     What is the materials origin – where does it come from?

 

Black Vinyl sheeting – (Polypropylene)

Black polypropylene – folder type plastic.




Video

 

 
Product Data Sheet

 

 
Material Safety data sheet

 

 

 

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Blended Learning task for Week commencing 4th Sept 2017 - Year 2

This weeks Blended Learning task will be researching the work of Xavier Ribas.

Remember the work should be laid out in a particular way and you are advised to produce the work in an A3 display folder. Your first assignment/Unit is 'Location Photography' so when researching the work continually discuss it in terms of how it relates to 'Location Photography'.

'Barcelona' the book.     Video of the book and images contained - this book is available in The Forum library - use it and reference it in your bibliography. 

Barcelona explanation   of the work - rationale/reason/idea

When you're producing your response to the research you do please use the following approach...


Remember as you are now second year students you do need to up your game - you need to approach your work with increased maturity, depth, commitment and effort. As with last year, you should strike a balance between the use of images and written content e.g. a 50/50 split.

You should use the prompts in the side bar here to generate the written content, remembering the essence of this unit is 'Location Photography' so use the prompts that relate to commenting on the work with regards to...
(1). Light and how it used, its qualities and characteristics and the problems that arise from using daylight and artificial light.
(2). The equipment used - camera format, lens focal length, field of view, depth of field, discuss in your analysis what bearing these might have on the images.
(3). Media - are the images shot on film or digital, what difference might that make and how are the images used at the end of the process - are they exhibited if so research to see where the images are sold and what materials/media they are produced on (MTP's).
(4). The location - accessibility issues, privacy, private land, public spaces and the public. Country, region, laws, H&S.
(5). Image design and construction - elements of the image - foreground and background relationships; rules of thirds, composition.
(6). Context - who is the photographer inspired/influenced by - Use images to show similarities.
(7). Operational context - what kind of photography is it, how is it used, where is it seen, who is its audience?


Other work that you might like and consider if you really want a challenge...
Greenhouse   and Greenhouse the interview
This is optional.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Blended learning both years BTEC and UAL

Hello,

Here's this weeks Blended learning task - this is applicable to both years...


Both UAL and BTEC students are working with MTP's at the moment. So this weeks task is to learn and then summarise details relating to digital file types.

JPEG's versus Raw Files

Writing this up - as much as you can before you watch the video below, write down what you already know about the difference between JPEG's and RAW files. Having done that, then watch the video below, make notes about the key points that he raises in the video and then write up a coherent summary of the point made.


Double click on the video.

https://www.slrlounge.com/workshop/dynamic-range-and-raw-vs-jpeg/
 
To take the work further to increase the chances of attaining the higher grades...
 
  • Look into TIFF and PSD's.
  • Get a small JPEG file and in Photoshop crop the image (A face) and then open and save it as a new file again and again and you'll start to see how the image degrades every time you save it as a new file. Produce a before and after version showing how the JPEG file degrades. 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

BTEC Unit 2 Michael Landy 'Compulsory Obsolescence'

Hello,

This image is difficult to find on the internet, but it's embedded in the assignment in your digital copy. But here it is in the short term leading up to Tuesday's exam.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

BTEC consumerism - Unit 2 guidance

Hello,

This may help with your consumerism article for Unit 2

You might want to structure it in this way and include some of the suggested ideas when researching and compiling the work.

Remember to choose your own artist that works with the theme consumerism as well as Landy or Perry. You will need a high quality colour image from each artist.


Structure

(1). What is consumerism a general definition; also consider looking at what wider society says about consumerism - look at different views of consumerism http://www.globalissues.org/article/238/effects-of-consumerism 
http://apecsec.org/6-pros-and-cons-of-consumerism/
Consider looking at Marxist or economic arguments for consumerism.

(2). What does either Landy or Perry say about consumerism - why are they tackling it as a subject and how do they do this through their art? Are they for consumerism or are they against it - how do you know... (a) From what they say in interviews (b) How the message is conveyed visually through their art.

(3). Using their image - Visually deconstruct the image explaining how the visual language of the image is used to convey meaning and message.

(4). Your own chosen artist  - repeat the same process sections 2 and 3 with your chosen artist.

(5). Who/what are they influenced by and how? In your research explain who or what the artists that you've chosen are influenced by, aim to identify the artist primarily, but consider politics, popular culture and society as a whole. What do these other people say about consumerism, how does your chosen artists work connect to their influences?

(6). Write a conclusion - what do you now feel about consumerism - whose views do you now share and why?


Y02 Blended learning task - planning

Over the coming 8 days we'll be shooting using the Mamiya C330 and the 10"x8" view camera.

For your blended learning you'll need to write up a plan for both of these shoots identifying what it is you want to get from the shoot and what you need to do in preparation for the shoots.

Use the opportunity to identify the use of an array of different materials, techniques and processes, identify this opportunity in your plan. Look at the weather over the coming days including tomorrow and identify theoretical problems relating to the light. Include weather charts as part of your planning (Remember to make this visual).

Things to include in your plan...

  • Films and papers you're going to use. With the films try and use films you've not previously used and look up their properties and characteristics on the manufacturers websites 'Product data sheets.
  • Who you're going to photograph.
  • Why these shoots are useful - what are you going to gain from it and whether there is potential for you to then use either of these cameras in conjunction with your own self-directed shoots. What will be the benefits of using either camera on your own shoots?
  • Plan of poses.
  • Expectations of the light - what you expect the light will be doing regarding the mood - discuss the light in terms of mood and effect on contrast.
  • Light ratios - use of reflectors or black reflectors to increase contrast.
  • Plans for post production - e.g. your 10x8 negative images on the photo-paper - how will you convert these to high quality usable digital positives.
  • Plan to make paper-negatives using traditional darkroom contact sheet approach.
  • Props/clothes?
Once shooting make sure you photography the set up and draw floor plans.

Use both these up-coming opportunities to create loads of images and pages of practical work. Consider printing the 6x6 negatives...

  • With David Bailey-esque borders
  • With the fake post production borders in darkroom
  • With the fake digital post production borders (After scanning prints)
  • On a range of different papers (See Steve Gibbs).
  • On matt finish paper and hand-tine using mixed media approaches - different pens, pencils, paints and other mark-making tools.
  • On liquid emulsion - consider adding colour or damaging the paper (Decay).
Again all the above can be high-lighted in your plan.